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Lou Williams' effect on the Clippers has extended far beyond the court

LOS ANGELES_Lou Williams was proud to be the voice for the Los Angeles Clippers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the player who acknowledged the slain civil rights activist in front of a Staples Center crowd before a game against Houston.

His teammates beamed as the reticent Williams spoke, all of them happy that basketball fans got to hear a proud man deliver a message of unity. The same message that the 6-foot-1 guard has often conveyed to the Clippers during their troublesome season.

Williams has epitomized what the ultimate caring teammate is about and has taken pride in his significant role in keeping the injury-plagued Clippers from falling into the abyss. The Clippers had fallen to 8-15 following a nine-game losing streak but are

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